2016 arctic cat crosstour vs 2016 yamaha stx 146 dx


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Everyone has enjoyed one or two solitary rides among the pines. Even the most racy weekend warrior has slowed their roll to bask in silent lucidity.

As a husband and father, I try to remind myself that I don’t have to feel guilty about not taking a passenger on every touring ride. Sometimes you just want to get out there, with your helmet silencing everything but the motor, and put some distance between you and the stress of the real world, enjoying little-traveled trails, ALONE, and becoming one with your sled. That’s what these two machines from Arctic Cat and Yamaha (or whatever combo of the two names you want to come up with) will provide. P.S. Our personal favorite name combo is “Cataha.”

We spent plenty of miles determining what we liked and disliked about the 2016 Arctic Cat XF 7000 CrossTour and the 2016 Yamaha SR Viper S-TX 146 DX – basically two versions of the same sled. Here’s what you need to know.

CrossTour has changed
Compared to last year’s CrossTour, there are subtle differences – positive and negative, for 2016. The tunnel’s semi-rigid storage bag is now  gone, and so is the metal rack behind it. These have been replaced by a long, plastic hard-panel storage case that runs the length of the exposed top of the tunnel, from seat to taillight. The monstrous storage case is much bigger than the old storage bag, and it also has a belt holder inside. However, this hard case does not allow you all the versatility of the previous storage rack.
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